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Re: “Our special district conundrum

Can't run a government without funds, and, if I remember correctly, Mr Miller, you're the one who called for a level playing field. Special districts are far from fair and equal as far as beneficiaries are concerned, and JH make a good point for equanimity within the city limits.

I'm not into raising taxes, per se - but I'm not a Grover Norquist "let's shrink the Federal Government to a size where we can drown it in the bathtub" fan either...and that looks and sounds like what Jailbird Bruce had in mind when he penned TABOR and ran that con into the Colorado Constitution.

My suggestion? Raise the city sales tax. Sales tax is indeed the only fair tax because it is a use tax - you buy a clunker, you pay tax on a clunker. You buy a Lamborghini you pay tax on a Lamborghini. Sounds fair enough to me. For that matter, let's do that nationwide and put the Federal deficit to rest. Oh, and all you rich "patriots" - no more hiding your dollars offshore!

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Posted by Vietnamized on 09/24/2016 at 3:33 PM

Re: “The great big Postal Service lie

Mr. Hightower! It was an honor to meet you in San Angelo at a Dem Party meet arranged by my late, close friend, Perry Flippin. I had suffered a heart attack a few days earlier, and the heat at the crowded venue didn't help my condition, so I had to leave early...but back to the Postal Service. You are absolutely correct that the USPS has been torpedoed by the very competitors (can we spell UPS and FedEx?) through their minions in Congress who are bought and paid for.

I for one have had problems with UPS damaging a family antique then refusing to take responsibility for it, and FedEx ain't spotless, either. For my money the USPS is the only way to fly!

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Posted by Vietnamized on 09/24/2016 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Trump's true colors, nurses for ColoradoCare, secrecy and the mayor, and more

Tannim...What's Aleppo? And what does that level of international ignorance mean to you? I was a Bernie supporter, but I'm also a realist - Johnson can't win, Stein can't win, and under no circumstances I can imagine can or should Trump win. Look up the clinical definition of sociopathy/narcissism anywhere you choose - if there was a picture next to it that picture would be of Donald Trump.

I have no desire to live in the police state he proposes. I have heard nothing constructive in any of his divisive rants, I haven't seen his tax returns yet (he has business dealings all over the world - who really owns him and what would that mean to our democracy?), I have no desire to see his family-style primped and airbrushed nepotism in the White House, and his stance on nuclear weapons is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE.

This egocentric buffoon needs to have his ass handed to him on election day by Hillary Clinton. I'm not a huge fan of hers, but damn, son, use your head! The Ship of State will continue to sail regardless of who wins the election, but there are going to be casualties overboard...let's try to minimize the damage.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 09/24/2016 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Millibo's value, road rage and bicyclists, Trump, Stein and 69

Passing Amendment 69 will have two immediate effects: an exodus of health care providers who don't wish to work for a medical "minimum wage", and an immediate and potentially unfair increase in state taxes/fees - even on income items that weren't previously taxed. Living on a fixed income? Too bad - they're coming for it. Oh and don't forget those 512,000 people currently getting SNAP benefits, as you'll be paying for their health care too.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 09/23/2016 at 9:56 PM

Re: “Our special district conundrum

"Moving On" in the liberal progressive mind: "Triple the existing levy and issue bonds..."

At least you're predictable, JH.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 09/21/2016 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Millibo's value, road rage and bicyclists, Trump, Stein and 69

I'm with you on the PBMP. Here's the homework... Name three governor's and two senators that would do Uncle Teddy proud!

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Posted by thatsjustBully! on 09/21/2016 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Millibo's value, road rage and bicyclists, Trump, Stein and 69

ColoradoCare (amendment 69) was designed by a group of Coloradans with no connection to any corporation, industry or political party. It would create a non-profit cooperative owned by the people of Colorado and run by a 21-member board of trustees elected by the people of Colorado. It would simplify our healthcare payment system while keeping our doctors, specialists, clinics and hospitals as independent businesses competing for your business.

ColoradoCare is our chance to get the big insurance companies and their bureaucracy, waste, profits, lobbyists and campaign contributions out of our healthcare. ColoradoCare would cover every Coloradan with top quality healthcare, with no deductibles, while costing us less than we pay now.

You owe it to yourself and your fellow Coloradans to learn more about ColoradoCare and vote for it in November.

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Posted by Dave Beckwith on 09/21/2016 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Panhandling in traffic, congestion in Manitou, mountain bikes in the wilderness, and more

Kudos...Kudos...Kudos to asawatcher, thank you for that well written and factual response :)

Tannim...WTF!!! What an unfactual....undefendable comment!! Legislation to promote women's rights is not political or gender exploitation, it is indeed to promote equality.

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Posted by Lil Mick on 09/20/2016 at 12:27 PM

Re: “The Gazette chews up two more papers

Just another form of censorship. Over the last two years the Gazette has become a cheerleader for the people/companies that own this city. Influencing voters so they don't get in the way of city giveaways is worth every penny Anschutz paid for the Gazette.

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Posted by ConcernedCitizen on 09/19/2016 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Local arts, police and crime, homelessness, and more

"Odin brings up a very good question. My question to Odin, ok, what is the Second Amendment about?" - Lil Mick

The Second is about the ability to keep and bear arms. This right is an extension of our inherent AKA natural or fundamental right to self-defense and community defense and it exists with or without the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment merely protects this existing right. One of the reasons it protects this right is because of community defense.


"it was originally about protecting the rights of citizens to arm themselves as a militia, keeping the militia, or military at that time separate from the government, enabling the citizenry to protect themselves from a oppressive government."

The military was never intended to be separate from the government. Please, read the Constitution. Being able to defend against an oppressive government is just one facet of a militia -- they were also for providing for immediate defense against invasions and insurrections, among other things.


"The Supreme Court and those who oppose gun legislation have made it clear, the need for a militia separate from the government is no longer necessary,"

Please, point to where the Supreme Court has said this.


" therefore that part of the Second Amendment can be ignored, it is not necessary.

So, since that is no longer the purpose, I argue, there is no longer a purpose for the Second Amendment."

You confuse the first 13 words of the Second Amendment with the reason the right exists. They are not the same thing. The first 13 words give one reason the right must be protected, not the reason it exists. Remember, the Bill of Rights does not grant any rights, it recognizes rights we already have.


"What we now have is a constitutional protection on a privately manufactured and privately marketed product. We have no such protection for any other privately manufactured and privately marketed products."

Except for the whole unreasonable search and seizure bit. Seems to me that homes are privately manufactured and privately marketed, yet there are Constitutional protections about when they can be searched, when they can be taken, and if we can be forced to share them. And even if true, so what? It doesn't mean that we can have any arms we please. It doesn't mean there cannot be any laws, restrictions, or limitations.

Therefore, I find your arguments to be extremely flawed and therefore not worth the electrons used to express them.

Posted by Odin on 09/19/2016 at 5:19 PM

Re: “The Gazette chews up two more papers

The Gazette still has 40,000 readers?

I'm shocked!

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Posted by billd on 09/18/2016 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Panhandling in traffic, congestion in Manitou, mountain bikes in the wilderness, and more

Your opinion does not create truth, and has little connection with reality.
Democrats are largely responsible for passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, (the FIRST bill Obama signed as President)
Democrats have supported the Paycheck Fairness Act. (repeatedly blocked by Republicans)
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, (some call it “Obamacare”) insurance companies can no-longer discriminate against women on account of their gender.
The Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) has provided over 47 million women with guaranteed access to free preventive services, such as cancer screenings.
Going back to 1994, then Senator Biden shepherded through Congress the Violence Against Women Act…reauthorized with Democratic support in 2013.
A Democratic Administration ended discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for federal contractors.
Democrats urged ratification of the “Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women”, and Obama issued an Executive order: “United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security”.
The current Democratic Candidate has a long, established history of promoting women’s and families’ best interests, going back to 1993 and the
“Family Medical Leave Act”. (and before as first lady of Arkansas)
If there is a political party in America with a better history of promoting the interests of women, you’ll have to show it to me.
I’m of the notion that “Emerge Colorado” is a great idea, as there are far too few women in elected office.

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Posted by asawatcher on 09/15/2016 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Before you, he had sex with his ex. Get over it.

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Posted by Claasen Jermaine on 09/15/2016 at 6:52 AM

Re: “The Gazette chews up two more papers

Eliminate competition, especially price competition. Intent of every billionaire is to develop monopoly power if they can get away with it. Secondarily, Anschutz wants more platforms to pump out Wayne's insipid editorials and if the Gazette is the only paper in town then they've a captive audience for their extremism.

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Posted by OldCrank on 09/14/2016 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Panhandling in traffic, congestion in Manitou, mountain bikes in the wilderness, and more

Jennie Willford: You might want to try a political party that doesn't exploit gender for political purposes and instead focuses on true equality. You won't find that in the Democrats.

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Posted by Tannim on 09/14/2016 at 1:43 PM

Re: “The Gazette chews up two more papers

No, the Gazette would not have started competing publications, HazyHurts. They can't afford Wayne-o's munchies habit now as is, and they simply don't have neighborhood beats anymore, because in their minds, it doesn't matter.

The purchase was simply to buy them up and shut them down and continue to try to control everything else that's not the Indy in print media in the area.

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Posted by Tannim on 09/14/2016 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Local arts, police and crime, homelessness, and more

Lil Mick,

I rely on the wisdom of the Founders and the Bill of Rights on this one. I'm not interested in revisiting any of those moments that were necessary to getting all states on board to sign the Constitution. The impracticality of repealing the 2nd Amendment seems to be the biggest hurdle. A supermajority of Congress and ratification by 75% of state legislatures is a pretty big obstacle. In today's reality it could never happen, so we have to work with what we have. Revenue killers like the Federal sequester and TABOR limit the funding we have for police protection, so, in my case, I rely on my ability to defend myself and my family. I generally only have a firearm handy when I travel or when I hunt. I don't spend time on the range, I don't have a concealed carry permit (but that may change if the crazies get crazier, and I'm not talking about the "tweakers" and other drug addled mentally ill out there).

I agree in substance with your argument that the 2nd Amendment bolsters modern gun ownership and that seems contrary to a level playing field for all other industries...but since the Chinese first invented gunpowder the arms race has been going full tilt. If we want to keep up with the Joneses or the North Koreans should we all be looking around for personal nukes? No, but the most imprinted of all of our genetic makeup has to do with survival. Your argument that militias have been deemed unnecessary by the Supremes, et al, has not stopped militias from cropping up under the guise of fending off an unjust Government. As long as someone else has a gun, be it a government official or a private citizen, then that right should be available to all. I don't see any of the folks in the multitude of militias stating that militias are no longer necessary. And I certainly don't see any large scale sweeps going on to remove them from the landscape, so I really don't get your premise that the Court and the gun nuts have deemed ileitis unnecessary. My current feeling is that we need to enforce current laws, stiffen regs on assault weapons and do a better job of keeping guns away from crazies or other irresponsible types.

The vagueness of the Second and the changes that have come down the pike make repeal virtually impossible. I would concentrate more on enforcing laws we do have on the books and adding some common sense restrictions on assault weapons and background checks.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 09/12/2016 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Local arts, police and crime, homelessness, and more

Vietnamized, I appreciated your comments, I would like to know though, what argument do you have against my logic as to why you are not in favor of repealing the Second Amendment?

I have yet to hear a logical rebuttal. I usually hear what you wrote "I'm not for repealing the Second, but ...".


Something like, repealing the Second Amendment is too extreme, but no other rebuttal to my logic.

Being extreme is not a reason to not do something, if that something is the right thing to do.

Can you give me one solid reason as to why it should not be repealed? I wrote what I thought was a thorough, well thought out logic.

Keep in mind, repealing it would not change the status quo, all will remain as it is. However, it opens the door to regulations, just like we have with all other privately manufactured and marketed products.

The vagueness of the Second Amendment (what is an arms), pretty much zaps any attempt at passing any common sense regulations with-in that industry.

They simply invoke the Second Amendment and any legislation on regulating it bites the dust.

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Posted by Lil Mick on 09/12/2016 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Local arts, police and crime, homelessness, and more

Actually most of the breeding in an elk herd is accomplished by the spikes that stay with the cows/calves until they drop their horns a second time. That's why there are limitations in most states on taking spike bulls. You might try asking a wildlife biologist about that. As for a right that was not granted by the 2nd Amendment why was it written and insisted upon? A little common sense here. The King's men were confiscating guns, so the right did not exist - it had been usurped by the tyrant and his henchmen.

I have guided on game ranches, and believe me, most of that meat goes to Hunters for the Hungry because the city studs are only interested in the head and horns.

BTW, the firearms the 2nd Amendment protected were muzzle-loading flintlocks...everyone should have one so that they can be a part of their local militia...just saying'. Having manned a crew-served automatic weapon in combat, and having carried a somewhat illegal Thompson because it was the best close range weapon I could get my hands on I can safely say I understand weaponry. If you think you can hunt deer or elk with an AR or an AK you might want to check with your local game officer about that.

As for the gun industry the NRA is their best shill for ramping up sales. Every time Wayne LaPierre's hair catches on fire sales skyrocket - a couple of years ago it was almost impossible to find .223 primers because of the rumor started that the Gov't was buying up all the .223 ammo. I'm not for repealing the Second, but I do think we need to build in a little common sense about assault weapons. I have WWII military arms - several of them, but in the case of two of them I need to be about 500 meters away to level the playing field with the AR/AK crowd. If you continually live in fear, WarHead you should perhaps go spend some time in a place where there is a war and know what real fear is. It ain't here.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 09/12/2016 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Local arts, police and crime, homelessness, and more

You fools! Bringing a rifle to fight an Apache! Ask Ruby Ridge!

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Posted by WarHead on 09/12/2016 at 8:19 AM

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